Mueller Time: the public is going to hear from the Special Counsel
The big story breaking on Tuesday night: Robert Mueller has agreed to appear under subpoena before the House Judiciary Committee on July 17th. Adam Schiff told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that Mueller did not wish to testify but agreed do so in open session — followed by a closed session with Mueller and members of his staff which is likely to deal with redacted materials — upon issuance of a subpoena.
The New York Times reports:
Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, will testify in public before Congress on July 17 about his investigation into Russia’s election interference and possible obstruction of justice by President Trump, House Democrats announced on Tuesday night. … [T]he back-to-back hearings before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees promise to be must-see television and hold the potential to reshape the political landscape around Mr. Trump’s presidency and a possible impeachment by the House.
Mr. Mueller, who has spoken publicly only once about his work, resisted taking the witness stand, where he will face questions both from Democrats eager to employ him to build a case against Mr. Trump and Republicans eager to vindicate the president’s innocence.
In the end, the two committees were forced to issue subpoenas compelling Mr. Mueller to appear.
The chairmen of the panels, Representatives Jerrold Nadler of New York and Adam B. Schiff of California, wrote in a letter to Mr. Mueller on Tuesday that they understood he had reservations about appearing on Capitol Hill, but they were insistent he do so, anyway.
“The American public deserves to hear directly from you about your investigation and conclusions,” the chairmen wrote. “We will work with you to address legitimate concerns about preserving the integrity of your work, but we expect that you will appear before our committees as scheduled.”